Influenced by the twangy country of an older generation and the new age pop sound, Derek Astles has found his own original sound. Dubbing his unique music “folknrolln,” he’s been spreading the genre-bending love all up and down the east coast.
"Derek 'FolknRolln' Astles, [is] a self-described 'hardcore' and 'folk rock' performer based in Asheville. There’s scant information on his MySpace page, but a quick web search reveals that Astles has quite a history as a cafe-circuit touring performer. His songs fall into a somewhat classic folk-oriented vein, but there’s quite a sense of insightful, pop-music savvy craft to his tunes. We suggest starting with the song The Half of You." .....MountainX Newspaper (Asheville, NC) February 28, 2008
Born in New Hampshire in 1982, Derek Astles has been performing throughout the USA and Canada since the year 2001.
Past venues include: House of Blues (Boston, MA), Taos Inn, Taos Ski Valley, Alley Cantina (Taos, NM), Santa Fe Brewing Company, Commodore Sports Bar (Nashville, TN), Jim Hightower's Rolling Thunder Democracy Tour W/Michael Moore, Blue Plate Special Radio Show (Knoxville, TN), The Mellow Mushroom (Asheville, NC), The Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Laconia, NH), Castaways Resort (Las Vegas, NV) Live@Lunch (Fort Collins, CO), The South Park Saloon (Alma, CO), Barley House (Concord, NH), Daniels (Henniker, NH), The Press Room (Portsmouth, NH). Additionally Astles performed with Josh Kerin (Freeks, Grayson Capps Bass) at Lizard Lounge in New Orleans, LA and with John Holden (Chip Smith Project) at numerous venues across New Hampshire including FletchFest in Warner, NH.
Derek Astles has won numerous awards including
First place NACMAI country music contest (Las Vegas, NV)
First place NHCMA contest
Second place True Value country showdown
Second place Granite State songwriting competition
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Contoocook, New Hampshire, United States